The comments below have been sent by the European Water Movement to the Ecorys TSIA of TiSA study team after the publication of its draft Final Report commissioned by the European Commission.
Preliminary remark: our comments are based on the EU 2nd revised offer of November 2016 while the Sustainability Impact Assessment is based on the EU revised offer of May 2016.
1/ EU offer for TiSA goes beyond GATS
The European Parliament resolution on TISA asks for “do not go beyond GATS 1994/1995”. The European Commission does not respect this resolution since the EU offer for TiSA goes beyond GATS. For example, Market Access and National Treatment is offered for waste water services (CPC 9401) with GATS modes 1, 2 and 3 by the EC while GATS has only modes 2 and 3. Similar liberalisation for GATS mode 1 for Market Access and National Treatment can be found in other environmental services (CPS 9402-9406, CPC 9409).